Morris defies odds in inspirational round
Brian Morris produced one of the most courageous and inspiring rounds at Turtle Hill Golf Club yesterday.
Conjuring every ounce of strength in his body, the 52-year-old local professional battled through the pain barrier to complete the opening round of the Dark N' Stormy® World Par 3 Championship, just three months after having surgery for brain cancer.
“From what they told me at the hospital this wasn't possible, don't even try it,” Morris said. “I've had brain surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and the battle continues.
“I'm not cured or healthy by any means, but you can't lay down. You have to get up and keep fighting and try and make life as normal as you possibly can, and just playing in this tournament is keeping me strong.”
Morris fell ill in December and was flown overseas where he received a diagnosis of brain cancer and underwent surgery.
He returned home in January where he continues to undergo chemotherapy.
“I struggled physically, but not golf-wise because I don't really care,” he added. “I'm playing and I'm in my element, so it feels good just to finish. It almost brought me to tears because December 12 I thought that was it for me.
“Just to be out here to play gives you such a different perspective on life; what's really important. When people say live every day like it's your last they say that just in jest really. But when it really means that, then it could be one of your last days.”
Morris received overwhelming support from his colleagues in and around the clubhouse after completing his round.
“I'm surrounded by so many good people and it's awesome,” he said. “It makes me happy and I give thanks to all the people here that have encouraged me through my whole sickness.”
Morris carded an opening round 11-over-par, 65 in blustery conditions at the Fairmont Southampton layout.
“My score to me is not important,” he said.
“Of course, no matter how sick or how healthy you are you want to play well. But sometimes you have to sit back and realise that I'm not even supposed to be up and walking around after finishing chemotherapy a few days ago.
“I'm not worried about the PGA Bermuda Championship exemption or the trophy. I've already won this one.”